How many years do you have to work to earn a pension?

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In most of the City's plans, a minimum of five years of service is necessary to earn a pension. A minimum of ten years is needed for teachers hired after December 10, 2009. The vested pension is payable only after the employee reaches a requisite payability age or date, which differs according to pension plans

You are considered vested when you have completed enough credited service to receive a reduced retirement allowance. Vested members would become eligible to retire upon meeting the applicable age requirements.
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For Board of Education Retirement System:
Please contact the Board of Education Retirement System
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For Fire Department Pension Fund:
For Uniformed Fire Pensions general information, call 718-999-2300; for Uniformed Fire Pensions investment information, call 718-999-1950.
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For New York City Employees' Retirement System:
For information regarding benefits administered by the New York City
Employees' Retirement System (NYCERS), please contact NYCERS' Call
Center at (347) 643-3000 or visit www.nycers.org.
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For Police Pension Fund:
Please contact the Police Pension Fund
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For Teachers' Retirement System:
For members who joined TRS before December 11, 2009: In general, you would become vested when you have five years of service credit.

For members who joined TRS after December 10, 2009: If you are serving in (or you resign from) a UFT-covered title, you would become vested when you have ten years of service credit. If you are not a UFT-affiliated member, you would become vested when you have five years of service credit.

For information regarding benefits administered by the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) visit TRS’ website at www.trsnyc.org or contact TRS’ Member Services Center at 1 (888) 8-NYC-TRS.
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I WAS A LICENSED TEACHER FROM 1989 TO 1996. AFTER AN ACCIDENT IN SCHOOL I WAS NOT CALLED DOWN TO MEDICAL FOR THREE YEARS (THEY CLAIMED MY REPORT WAS LOST IN THE BACK OF THE FILE).

WHEN CALLED MEDICAL, I WAS TOLD THAT SINCE I DID NOT REPORT TO MEDICAL UNTIL THEY CALLED ME THREE YRS. LATER THAT MY INJURIES WERE NOT "in the line of duty".

I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT I COULD NOT WORK UNTIL I WAS CLEARED BY MEDICAL. I KEPT CALLING THEM AND THEIR REPLY WAS "YOU COME WHEN YOU ARE CALLED".

WHEN MEDICAL FINALLY DID SEE ME THEY WERE EXTREMELY UPSET BECAUSE OF THEIR MISTAKE. I BROUGHT WITH ME YEARS OF CAT SCANS AND MRI REPORT THAT WERE DELIVERED TO MEDICAL BY MYSELF AND THE UNION REP.

EACH MOTH THEY CLAIMED THEY WERE AGAIN LOST AND I KEPT RESUBMITTING THEM. THE UNION REP PERSONALLY HANDED THEM TO MEDICAL BUT THEY WERE LOST AGAIN.

THEN THEY RULED AGAINST ME. I APPEALED AND THE JUDGE REFUSED TO HEAR THE CASE BECAUSE OF "COLLATERAL ESTOPLE".

I NEVER HEARD FROM THEM AGAIN AND I PRESUMED THAT ALL BENEFITS WERE LOST. WITH THIS NEWS I WAS IN DEEP DEPRESSION UNTIL LAST YEAR (WHEN I REACHED 70 YRS.) I STARTED TO RECEIVE A CHECK FOR APPROX. $600.00 A MONTH. WAS THIS A PENSION CHECK OR MONEY FROM MY IRS?

COULD SOMEONE TELL ME IF THIS IS A PENSION CHECK AND DO YOU THINK I AM ENTITLED TO HEALTH BENEFITS?

I SHOULD ALSO MENTION THAT FROM 8/65 TO 2/71 AND FROM 12/72 TO 2/ 73 I WAS EMPLOYED BY THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES AS A CASEWORKER; SENIOR CASEWORKER AND SUPERVISOR. THAT WAS AN ADDITIONAL 7 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE CITY OF NEW YORK.

I WOULD BE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR ANY HELP OR INFORMATION ANYONE COULD GIVE ME. I REALLY NEED MEDICAL COVERAGE.

SINCERE THANKS!
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Mr. Pisano,

Unfortunately, I cannot help you with your inquiry. You will need to call the Teacher's Retirement System. For information regarding benefits administered by the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) visit TRS’ website at www.trsnyc.org or contact TRS’ Member Services Center at 1 (888) 8-NYC-TRS.

I would also suggest carefully examining the statement that accompanied the incoming payments. It should tell you from where the money is being issued.